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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 12-18-04, 07:59 PM   #1
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which frame to buy?

today i went to ny bike works, i saw a rush soma frame $450.whick would be a better buy, the soma or a debernardi?and whats the difference in chainring pitch 3/16 and a 1/8, is this the space between each teeth-chainring or is it the width of the chain, and which should i buy ?
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Old 12-18-04, 08:06 PM   #2
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dunno about which frame to get, it depends on a whole bunch of factors; riding style, personal aesthetics, und so weiter...
as for pitch, what you're talking about is actually width (chain pitch is the distance between rollers, see here http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_p.html#pitch for more info). 1/8" chains are used on bmx bikes and lots of true track bikes, while 3/32" is used on most road bikes.
unless you're an absolute monster you should be fine with 3/32" for road riding.
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Old 12-20-04, 05:02 PM   #4
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3/16 is that super thick bmx tank tread chain.
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Old 12-20-04, 05:11 PM   #5
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1/8 chain it is then!
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Old 12-20-04, 05:56 PM   #6
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chain width has nothing to do with durability. There are 3/32 chains that are easily as strong as 1/8 chains. A lot of track racers use the 3/32 these days because it is lighter. However, the 1/8 looks better in my opinion. Also, a 3/32 drive train will most likely cost less than an 1/8.
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Old 12-20-04, 06:31 PM   #7
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Just get a Wipperman 1G8 and be done with it.
http://www.connexchain.com/
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Old 12-20-04, 09:40 PM   #8
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My Wipperman broke apart on me today. I got a bmx chain.
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Old 12-20-04, 09:44 PM   #9
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yech, that wipperman is ugly.

just an opinion.
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Old 12-20-04, 09:59 PM   #10
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Gonna say this once again:

I love my DeBernardi.
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Old 12-20-04, 10:15 PM   #11
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I've have a wipperman for over a year....best chain I've had by far.
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